Manchester United have declined to appeal Paul Pogba’s red card against Arsenal at the weekend, which means the Frenchman will face a three-match ban and miss the Manchester Derby on Sunday.

The Football Association have also elected not to take further action against Pogba’s reaction to the red card, which saw him appear to sarcastically applaud referee Andre Marriner as he walked off the pitch.

Pogba was sent off in the 74th minute during United’s 3-1 victory over the Gunners at the Emirates on Saturday after trodding on Héctor Bellerín’s outstretched left leg as he attempted to win a tackle.

Although the trod seemed to be unintentional, Marriner judged that the challenge was dangerous and proceeded to brandish the red card, sending the Frenchman for an early bath.

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There was a slight chance that United would appeal against Pogba’s suspension ahead of their biggest game of the season against league leaders and neighbours City, but the club have clearly decided that it would ultimately be a futile effort.

Pogba will now miss games against Manchester City, Bournemouth and West Brom in the lead-up to the busy Christmas period.

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